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number9dream with CJ Eggett

This month CM Lowry is talking to CJ Eggett, writer and game designer, about number9dream by David Mitchell in ‘This Book I Read…’ Topics covered include: The common confusion between David Mitchell the author and David Mitchell the comedian of Peep Show fame! Mitchell’s use of modern magical realism to sort of lull the reader …

What is Roleplay #14 – Design with Johan Nohr

Welcome to Episode 14 of ‘What Is Roleplay?!  This episode we are joined by Johan Nohr to discuss design Everyone can draw – as adults we stop being creative because we fool ourselves into thinking that we cannot do it. How the independent games scene allows people to explore new ways of designing and laying …

What Is Roleplay? #13 – Melee Combat with Rugose Kohn

Welcome to Episode 13 of ‘What Is Roleplay?!  This episode we are joined by Rugose Kohn to discuss Melee Combat Trigger warning for violence and body horror! Melee combat is usually gritty and visceral hand to hand combat as opposed to more removed and antiseptic approach such as aerial bombardment. How early roleplaying games have …

What is Roleplay #12 – All Outta Bubblegum actual play

Welcome to Episode 12 of ‘What Is Roleplay?!  Join Chris & Dave as they get very silly in an All Outta Bubblegum actual play special! A brief explanation of the rules of All Outta Bubblegum A safety talk Counting for fun Setting the scene Pizza delivery mishaps and corner shop catastrophes More counting Listen as the …

What is Roleplay #11 – Design with Guilherme Gontijo

Welcome to Episode 11 of ‘What Is Roleplay?!  This episode we are joined by Guilherme Gontijo to discuss Design How design is very similar across the board, and how the differences often just come down to execution? Why does design matter? It is more than just style or a taste aesthetic Design is more about …

The Lord of the Rings with Chris Durston

This month CM Lowry is talking to Chris Durston, author of Chronicles from the World of Guilt, about The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien in ‘This Book I Read…’ Topics covered include: Being old enough to remember the internet before Wikipedia existed, writing stories on early PCs and reading the Yellow Pages Re-reading …

The Songlines with Baron von Michael

This month CM Lowry is talking to Baron von Michael, author of Professor Elemental Roleplaying Games, about The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin in ‘This Book I Read…’ Topics covered include: Bruce Chatwin’s use of flippant anecdotes, quotes and stories to explore deeper themes The broken nature of this book and how the small pieces make up …

What is Roleplay #10 – Stats with Spencer Campbell

Welcome to Episode 10 of ‘What Is Roleplay?!  This episode we are joined by Spencer Campbell to discuss Stats Laying out some of the basic types of stats that are used in roleplaying games The concept of Min/Max The good, the bad and the ugly of Stats Focusing on skills and approaches rather than just …

This Book I Wrote… with Elizabeth Laird

This month CM Lowry is talking to his childhood hero Elizabeth Laird – globetrotter, adventurer and author. They talk all about her life and how it has influenced the many books she has written in ‘This Book I Read…’ Topics covered include: Elizabeth’s 1989 children’s book, Crackers, and the important role in played in CM …

Frankenstein with Jacob Wood

This month CM Lowry is talking to Jacob Wood, creator of Accessible Games Quarterly, about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in ‘This Book I Read…’ Topics covered include: The challenge of looking at a book so well known – and misrepresented – in popular culture. The Beast within; making monsters vs. being a monsters. Chat-GPT and the …